Sonoma Coast Wine

 

The Sonoma Coast AVA is an extensive part of Sonoma County, California. It stretches between San Pablo Bay to Mendocino along the Pacific coast, east to the coastal ranges. The climate created by such close proximity to the Pacific Ocean is that of heavy rainfall, cool winds and heavy fog. Most of the vineyards are planted into the ridges, keeping them as far above the fogline as possible as well as maximizing their sun exposure. 
 
There are certain varietals that respond well to such conditions, particularly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but the region is also known for its Rieslings and Syrah. 
 
The Fort Ross AVA is included within the Sonoma Coast. 
 
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

Popular Wineries in Sonoma Coast View all

  • Peter Mathis Wine

    Peter Mathis planted his 7.5 acre hillside vineyard in the Sonoma Valley in 1999 with Grenache, P...

  • Littorai Wines

    All of the process waste from winemaking is recycled through a constructed wetlands system and re...

  • Valley of the Moon Winery

    Valley of the Moon Winery has been in operation longer than any other winery in the Glen Ellen ar...

  • Flowers Vineyard & Winery

    As nursery owners in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Walt and Joan Flowers had long dreamed of combin...

  • Sojourn Cellars

    For over 10 years, Sojourn Cellars has produced distinctive Pinot noir and Cabernet Sauvignon win...

  • Failla

    History of the Brand While the history of Failla (pronounced FAY-la) is short it is not withou...

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Sonoma Coast on Snooth

  • Can get these - prices AUD We can add any of the following to our order. ... like any. 2015 Failla Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, $69ea2015 Failla Chardonnay, Hudson Vineyard, Napa Valley, $89ea2015 Failla Chardonnay, Haynes Vineyard, Coombsville, $110ea2015 Failla Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, $79ea2015 Failla Pinot Noir, Keefer Ranch, Russian River, $9... Read More

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  • J Vineyards Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2015

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    Cool and crisp aromatic green apple, peach and fresh tea leaf aromas. Creamy and buttery with a round and full palate, this starts out with good ripe fruit notes of pear and peach and then shows a broad side of vanilla bean and fresh butter, finishing with an oaky frame around a core of green apple and even a faint hint of lemon. Read More

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  • Guarachi Family Wines Pinot Noir Sun Chase Vineyard Sonoma Coast 2014

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    Expressive, expansive nose with light spice and fresh cherry and strawberry fruit coming well ahead of the cherry cola notes that join the fray. Excellent complexity in the mouth with darkest black cherry and sweet baking spice notes, creamy milk chocolate that lingers and evolves and a mixed berry freshness throughout. This is a diverse and int... Read More

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  • Limerick Lane Headpruned Block Syrah 2012

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    Beautiful dark purple color. Rich pruney nose. Blackberry on the tip of the tongue. Some, woodiness to which I would attribute tannin. Nice firm tannins and acid give lots of backbone. I love the fact that this is not an in-your-face-with-fruit wine. The blackberry note hinted dissipates into a truly terrific wine experience. Read More

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  • Stephen, you should start thinking in terms of sourcing from the US directly. I ... directly. I ... Browne 2005 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir  |  1 in stock  |  $119.99 Kosta Browne 2006 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir  |  3 in stock  |  $89.99 Kosta Browne 2006 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir  |  2 in stock  |  $99.99 Kosta Browne 2007 Russian River Valley... Read More

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  • I think JD is correct when you talk about Cab Sauv. Best is from Napa and you ... that are from the far west Sonoma Coast. In fact, that may be the simplest for you - just look for those. You might even look to Canada. There are a couple that are pretty good - Tawse from Ontario for example. Or Wyncroft, from Michigan, which can hold its own w... Read More

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  • Ridge Geyserville 2010

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    Dark plum color. Very much an earthy nose. Light hit of candied fruit on entry. Then some sour hits. Then some bitterness. That makes for a very unusual experience. Surprising to me, but not altogether off-putting. Also interesting that this is, probably, the lightest bodied Ridge Ive ever had. A good wine, but far from my favorite from... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Trader Joe's Grand Reserve Merlot 2013

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    Disappointed. Above the level of Charles Shaw wines but not much. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Benziger Family Winery Merlot Sonoma County 1996

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    dark fruits and soy nose; sweet and spicy, yet well mellowed Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Cool bump OT. Somehow I missed this thread before. Some of the best Syrah I've had comes from Austria, Hungary, and the colder places in CA. And of course I love Halcon. Even Pic St Loup, when you get the wines directly off the Mediterranean coast, very much like the far west of Sonoma. Too bad they didn't plant Syrah all over Burgundy - can you... Read More

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